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CPAIP Definitions

Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional (CPAIP): A person who has completed the requirements as specified in the Eligibility Criteria of the Illinois Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professionals. CPAIPs believe the root of violence against women in their interpersonal relationships is the perpetrator's choice to use abusive power and control tactics against their intimate partners. The perpetrator's choices are based in attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate and promote sexism.

Client: Any person who is currently seeking or receiving PAIP services.

Confidentiality: Confidentiality for Partner Abuse Intervention Programs is governed by the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, which limits the disclosure of a participant's communications and records. 740 ILCS 110/3 This act allows for disclosure without the participant's consent when a PAIP, in his or her sole discretion, determines that disclosure is necessary to protect the recipient or other person against a clear, imminent risk of serious physical or mental injury or disease or death being inflicted upon the recipient or by the recipient on himself or another. CPAIPs are also mandated reporters under the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, and in some cases, the Elder Abuse Act.

Domestic Violence: The Illinois Domestic Violence Act, defines domestic violence and abuse as "physical abuse, harassment, intimidation of a dependent, interference with personal liberty, willful deprivation, neglect or exploitation" between "spouses, former spouses, parents, children, stepchildren and other persons related by blood or by present or prior marriage, persons who share or formerly shared a common dwelling, persons who have or allegedly have a child in common, persons who share or allegedly share a blood relationship through a child, persons who have or have had a dating relationship, and persons with disabilities and their personal assistants or caregivers."

Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA): The law in Illinois that defines domestic violence, provides for orders of protection and their enforcement, and details the responsibility of law enforcement agencies. The IDVA is also the source of confidentiality between victims of domestic violence and their counselor or advocate.

Illinois Protocol for Partner Abuse Intervention Programs: Under the Illinois Department of Human Services Administrative Code (Title 89, Part 501), the Protocol creates state standards for Partner Abuse Intervention Programs (PAIP) to facilitate safe and effective services.

Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP): A program that provides services to domestic violence perpetrators consistent with the Protocol. PAIPs primary goals are victim safety and cessation of domestic abuse.